Joe Franklin, New York City Talk Show Pioneer, Dies at 88

Franklin, one of New York Cities radio and television’s most enduring personalities, was on the air in New York from 1951 to 1993 as the host of a compellingly low-rent parade of has-beens and yet-to-bes. CNN Obit  Joe Franklin (born Joseph Fortgang; March 9, 1926 - January 24, 2015) was an American radio and television host personality from New York City, best known for pioneering the television talk-and-variety show format that set the standard for television talk shows. His show began in 1950 on WJZ-TV (later WABC-TV) and moved to WOR-TV (later WWOR-TV) from 1962 to 1993. He interviewed over 300,000 guests during his 43 year television career.
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